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Obituary: Carmel A. Barry

Carmel A. Barry of Port Washington died November 6, 2011 at the age of 91. She and her husband Thomas (also deceased) lived in Manhasset with their family from 1956 until 1998.

Born in New York in 1919, she graduated from Saint Savior High School and received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Hunter College in New York City. She was employed by the Mutual of New York and managed their actuarial department. She was a parishioner of Saint Mary’s Church in Manhasset and later of the Church of Saint Peter of Alcantara in Port Washington where she was a lector and Ministry of Consolation Volunteer. Carmel was an active member of The American Association of University Women, the Plandome Women’s Club and the Flower Hill Women’s Club. The Barrys were longtime members of North Hempstead Country Club.

Carmel founded Barry Realty in Manhasset and Port Washington and was a real estate broker in New York for more than 30 years, most recently with Coach Realty in Manhasset.

Carmel was an avid bridge player whose love of the game kept her traveling to Master’s tournaments and playing locally several days a week. A ballroom dancer as well, Carmel was often in the city pursuing her passion.

Her thirst for adventure brought her much happiness traveling the world often via the QEII to places far afield including the European Continent, Scotland and England, the Middle East, Panama, the Canadian Provinces, Africa, Israel and Egypt. She participated in many Elder Hostels in the U.S. always enhancing her broad knowledge of politics, theatre and fine arts.

Carmel is survived by her three children: Thomas Barry of New York City and Sherman, CT; Kevin Barry of Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Catherine Barry Lawrence of Bernardsville, NJ and her four grandchildren Nicholas and Isobel Barry of Port Washington and Trevor and Olivia Lawrence of Bernardsville.

In lieu of flowers, her family asks friends to give those flowers or a helping hand to an elderly neighbor, friend or someone who needs a smile.

Wake was held at Fairchild Funeral Home in Manhasset on Wednesday, Nov. 9 from 3-5 and 7-9 and a Catholic Funeral Mass was held at St. Peter’s in Port Washington on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 9:30 a.m.